After new reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been telling fellow Democrats she wants President Donald Trump arrested, Trump fired back on Twitter calling Pelosi a "disgrace."
Pelosi seems to be trying to appear strong in opposition to the president while at the same time holding off the dozens of Democrats in the House who favor impeachment. From Fox News:
Several House Democratic sources told Fox News that Pelosi has said similar things about Trump in past caucus meetings, such as "we should go down there and arrest the man." The sources said Pelosi is trying to put any action off until after the election, making the case that Democrats should defeat Trump in 2020 -- and then seek prosecution after he leaves office.
This stunning strategy, however, spurred outcry from Republicans, especially considering Democrats' condemnation of Trump for the "lock her up" chants directed at Hillary Clinton over her email scandal during 2016 campaign rallies.
The president fired back on Twitter.
"Nervous Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace to herself and her family for having made such a disgusting statement, especially since I was with foreign leaders overseas," Trump tweeted. "There is no evidence for such a thing to have been said. Nervous Nancy & Dems are getting Zero work done in Congress and have no intention of doing anything other than going on a fishing expedition to see if they can find anything on me—both illegal & unprecedented in U.S. history. There was no collusion—Investigate the Investigators! Go to work on Drug Price Reductions & Infrastructure!"
The Fox News report comes days after Politico reported that Pelosi told congressional committee chairmen that "I don't want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison."
Pelosi may be saying that she doesn't want to take the political risk of impeachment, and instead would prefer to focus on beating him in the 2020 election so he can be prosecuted when he's out of office. Whether she can hold off those in her own party who are calling for impeachment remains to be seen.
(H/T Hot Air)